Health Clearances

Students participating in an official education abroad program that is four weeks or longer are required to obtain a medical exam from a healthcare provider, who will complete and submit the mandatory health clearance form on their behalf. Some programs shorter than four weeks may also require a health clearance. If you're unsure what's required for your program, check with your program coordinator or program faculty leader.

Additionally, the International Oversight Committee (IOC) has the authority to require that students obtain a health clearance before taking part in any UT Austin-related international travel. Information from the health clearance process is confidential and is not used during the application process. Failure to submit a health clearance form by the deadline will result in the student entering the misconduct resolution process and may result in withdrawal from the program without a refund.

Watch This Helpful Video on the Health Clearance Process for Studying Abroad

Forms and Deadlines, Making an Appointment

We strongly encourage students to complete the health clearance exam through University Health Services (UHS). Print the health clearance form below and complete the top portion prior to your appointment. For in-person visits, take the form(s) with you to your appointment. For telehealth appointments, upload the form to your provider portal. If you have any conditions that require ongoing treatment or monitoring by a physician or healthcare provider, you may be required to obtain a completed specialist report form in order to obtain clearance to travel abroad. UHS has indicated that obtaining the completed specialist form in advance of your appointment will expedite the process.

Keep in mind that this process can take weeks to complete, so we recommend starting as soon as possible. You do not have to have been accepted into your program to begin the health clearance process.

Once your health clearance form has been processed by Texas Global Risk and Safety, it is valid for one year.

Health Clearance Deadlines

Health clearances must be completed (i.e., approved by GRS) by the following deadlines, so schedule your appointments accordingly:

Fall / Academic Year Programs: June 15
Spring Programs: December 1
May Term Programs: February 1
Summer Programs: March 15

Make an Appointment with University Health Services (UHS)

UHS offers two options for completing the health clearance process: In Person and Telehealth. Many students are able to complete their health clearances via a telehealth appointment. The process varies depending on the forms you ultimately need to submit. Specifically, if you have any conditions that require ongoing treatment or monitoring by a physician or healthcare provider, you may be required to obtain a completed specialist form in order to receive clearance to travel abroad.

For those only who need the standard, single-page form from Texas Global completed:

  • Appointments will be completed via telehealth.
  • To make an appointment, you can book online OR call 512-471-4955.
  • Prior to your telehealth appointment, log into your MyUHS Web Portal to upload your clearance form with the “Student Information” section completed (see instructions).
  • Due to licensure restrictions, UHS is limited to providing telehealth services to people who reside within the state of Texas.

Students who require both the standard Texas Global health clearance form and the Specialist Form, and/or students who are participating in affiliated provider programs that require submission of their own health clearance form:

  • Students must call 512-471-4955 and select option 4 to make in-person appointments.
  • Students must bring a paper copy of all of their forms to their in-person clearance appointment.

Note: Appointments at UHS are limited. To ensure you are able to complete the health clearance process in a timely manner, please contact UHS as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.

Tips for Your Appointment:

  • Bring your immunization records to your appointment. If your appointment is with UHS, make sure this information is uploaded to the MyUHS Web Portal. UHS does not have complete immunization records for all students; you must add them yourself. These will help your health care provider determine the vaccines you should consider receiving before departure.

  • Health clearances may be completed up to six months prior to your departure. If you have received a physical in the six months prior to your departure, you may send the health clearance form to your doctor/physician and have them complete it without undergoing a new medical exam.

  • After your health clearance form is received and processed by Texas Global Risk and Safety, the health clearance module in the MyAbroad Portal will read "Completed."

  • Please allow 5-7 business days after your form is submitted to Texas Global Risk and Safety for your health clearance to show as "completed".

  • You do not need to obtain a country-specific health clearance. However, depending on your travel destination(s), your healthcare provider may review your immunization records and recommend specific vaccinations in order to clear you to travel.

Submitting Forms

Completed health clearance forms must be submitted by the health care provider directly by mail or email to Global Risk and Safety. The provider can send forms to Global Risk and Safety in one of the following ways:

Who Can Complete Your Health Clearance Form

To expedite the process, we strongly encourage students to complete their health clearance through UHS. However, students may opt instead to visit another local clinic or their primary care physician to complete the health clearance process. Please note: Texas Global does not accept health clearances completed by Doctors of Chiropractic.

Several Austin-area clinics have agreed to complete UT Austin's health clearance form (listed below). This list is not exhaustive and is only meant as a starting point. Students should note that not all of the clinics below accept insurance for medical examinations.

Participating Austin-area Clinics